Briefly Noted Book Reviews (September 15, 2014)
The Roman Guide to Slave Management, by Jerry Toner (Overlook). To convey in fine detail the attitudes of a society in which owning a slave was “a simple fact of social life,” Toner, a classicist, comes up with an ingenious device. He creates Marcus Sidonius Falx, an ancient-Roman nobleman and the imagined author of a treatise on how to buy, breed, and train a slave. Falx’s text, illuminated by Toner’s commentary, is by turns charming, haughty, and brutal. “A lot of slaves are nowhere near as dim-witted as they make out to be,” Falx writes. He mixes philosophical musings on the morality of slave-owning with practical tidbits: if your slaves are of various nationalities, we learn, it’s harder for them to conspire against you.
For everyone in Seattle, don’t miss Christina Nichol reading from her new book WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY at Elliot Bay Book Company tonight at 7PM! Norman Rush says “This novel is a remarkable entry into the world of comic fiction… This is the real thing. This is humor like Twain did it, or Dickens. Different.” Surely you wouldn’t want to miss that!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 PM
Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122
Reading and Discussion
Are Water Filters B.S.?
The United States has one of the best public water systems in the world, yet its citizens are still shelling out big bucks on water filters. Is it worth the dough or just a waste?
James Salzman, author of DRINKING WATER, interviewed by The Daily Beast